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Avalon Dispatch 01.12.21

  Dear friends, Last week was difficult, especially for those of us who love DC. I will never forget the chaotic images from the Capitol, which I never imagined possible, or the outrageously incongruent policing. At the same time, everyone on the side of progressive change has cause for celebration: Biden’s certification and Democrats’ Georgia Senate […]

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January 12, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 1.05.21

  Dear friends, Happy new year! I hope that everyone found meaningful ways to enjoy the December holidays, and rest. It was a low-key Christmas here, but I have begun to appreciate the beauty of a quieter schedule. And it is always a treat to spend time with Luca, Alex, and my canine children, Churchill […]

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January 5, 2021

Avalon Dispatch 12.22.20

  Dear friends, We are at the end of this incredibly challenging year, and I hardly have words for the experience. Suffice it to say that, amid exhaustion, worry, and loss, I also feel immense pride at how we have responded together. The nonprofit sector and our community of fundraisers not only have done the […]

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December 22, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 12.15.20

  Dear friends, As I write this, the Electoral College is convening across the country to elect our next president. I thought NPR captured the moment well with this sentiment from first-time Pennsylvania elector Nina Ahmad: “I’m feeling excited. I’m feeling glad that the day is finally here and we can do our duty and move on.” […]

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December 15, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 12.08.20

  Dear friends, Congratulations on a very successful Giving Tuesday! Avalon has posted an update here. The key takeaway is that donations were up for most organizations – both because of the longer window around the event and on the strength of COVID giving. Many nonprofits started their campaigns up to a week early, and some […]

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December 8, 2020

#GivingTuesday: the gift that keeps on giving

  As we enter the final gasps of 2020, nonprofits are looking ahead. And Giving Tuesday is giving them reason to smile. Despite the ongoing pandemic, rising unemployment rates, and voters still recovering from the election, donors maintained their generosity and are giving nonprofits – and those they serve –hope of closing out 2020 on […]

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December 3, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 12.01.20

  Dear friends, I hope everyone reading had a nice Thanksgiving. It was different this year, and at the same time particularly poignant. This has been a clarifying year in so many ways. I am grateful for a slightly quieter schedule, time with my kids, and a new puppy. But mostly I am grateful that […]

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December 1, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 11.24.20

Dear friends, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are able to rest and restore a bit this week. I am celebrating at home with my sons Luca and Alex, which is different for us and a necessary precaution. However, we’re having fun with it. Luca is home from college through December, and (drumroll, please…) we have […]

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November 24, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 11.17.20

  Dear friends, This will be a letter full of good news. Starting close to home, Avalon senior account director Rebecca Shapalis was recently re-elected to the DMAW Board of Directors. Rebecca is an expert fundraiser and a strong leader. I am thrilled both for her and for DMAW. Congrats! In a happy moment for me […]

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November 17, 2020

Avalon Dispatch 11.10.20

Dear friends, I am delighted to be writing the celebratory version of this letter, after a tense week and cathartic weekend – complete with (masked!) dancing in the streets for the Biden/Harris victory. Though I had hoped for a stronger rebuke of Trump’s chaos and bigotry, a tremendous wave of relief washed over me when the networks […]

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November 10, 2020